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Lotter, Christine; Smiley, Whitney; Thompson, Stephen; Dickenson, Tammiee – International Journal of Science Education, 2016
This study investigated a professional development model designed to improve teachers' inquiry teaching efficacy as well as the quality of their inquiry instruction through engaging teachers in practice-teaching and reflection sessions. The programme began with a two-week summer Institute focused on both inquiry pedagogy and science content and…
Descriptors: Models, Faculty Development, Training Methods, Middle School Teachers
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Wang, Ya-Ling; Tsai, Chin-Chung; Wei, Shih-Hsuan – International Journal of Science Education, 2015
This study aimed to investigate the factors accounting for science teaching self-efficacy and to examine the relationships among Taiwanese teachers' science teaching self-efficacy, teaching and learning conceptions, technological--pedagogical content knowledge for the Internet (TPACK-I), and attitudes toward Internet-based instruction (Attitudes)…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Elementary School Teachers, Teacher Effectiveness, Self Efficacy
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Sahin, Alpaslan; Ekmekci, Adem; Waxman, Hersh C. – International Journal of Science Education, 2017
This study examines college students' science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) choices as they relate to high school experiences, parent, teacher, and self-expectations, and mathematics and science efficacy. Participants were 2246 graduates of a STEM-focused public Harmony Public Schools in Texas, Harmony Public Schools (HPS).…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Majors (Students), Higher Education, Student Experience
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Zheng, Lanqin; Dong, Yan; Huang, Ronghuai; Chang, Chun-Yen; Bhagat, Kaushal Kumar – International Journal of Science Education, 2018
The purpose of this study was to examine the relations between primary school students' conceptions of, approaches to, and self-efficacy in learning science in Mainland China. A total of 1049 primary school students from Mainland China participated in this study. Three instruments were adapted to measure students' conceptions of learning science,…
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Elementary School Science, Elementary School Students, Student Attitudes
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Deehan, James; Danaia, Lena; McKinnon, David H. – International Journal of Science Education, 2017
This paper assesses the relationship between participation in two tertiary science courses and the science teaching efficacy beliefs (STEBs) of one cohort of preservice elementary teachers over a four-year period. Two Type II case studies were conducted within the courses. Data were collected through 26 administrations of the Science Teaching…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teacher Effectiveness, Preservice Teachers, Beliefs
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Lucero, Maria; Valcke, Martin; Schellens, Tammy – International Journal of Science Education, 2013
This paper describes Ecuadorian in-service teachers and their science teaching practices in public primary schools. We wanted to find out to what extent teachers implement inquiry activities in science teaching, the level of support they provide, and what type of inquiry they implement. Four questionnaires applied to 173 teachers resulted in the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Instruction, Inquiry, Teaching Methods
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McNeill, Katherine L.; Pimentel, Diane Silva; Strauss, Eric G. – International Journal of Science Education, 2013
Inquiry-based curricula are an essential tool for reforming science education yet the role of the teacher is often overlooked in terms of the impact of the curriculum on student achievement. Our research focuses on 22 teachers' use of a year-long high school urban ecology curriculum and how teachers' self-efficacy, instructional practices,…
Descriptors: Teacher Influence, Science Teachers, Secondary School Teachers, Beliefs
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Lumpe, Andrew; Czerniak, Charlene; Haney, Jodi; Beltyukova, Svetlana – International Journal of Science Education, 2012
Because of increasing calls for school accountability, an increased emphasis placed on the role of the teacher, and theoretical connections between teacher beliefs and classroom action, a critical need exists to examine teacher professional development programs to determine their impact on teacher belief systems, teaching practices, and student…
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Science Achievement, Beliefs, Accountability
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Cartwright, Tina J.; Atwood, Jon – International Journal of Science Education, 2014
Response-shift bias occurs when participants' initial constructs, such as self-efficacy in teaching science, are incomplete because they do not fully conceptualize something they have yet to experience. This study examines whether elementary pre-service teachers can consistently evaluate constructs such as self-efficacy and attitudes toward…
Descriptors: Elementary School Curriculum, Preservice Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, Student Teacher Attitudes
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Cooper, Grant; Kenny, John; Fraser, Sharon – International Journal of Science Education, 2012
Many researchers have identified and expressed concern over the state of science education internationally, but primary teachers face particular obstacles when teaching science due to their poor science background and low confidence with science. Research has suggested that exemplary resources, or units that work, may be an effective way to…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Elementary School Teachers, Student Attitudes, Self Efficacy
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Palmer, David – International Journal of Science Education, 2006
Many preservice primary teachers initially have a low self-efficacy, or belief in their ability to teach science, but well-designed science education courses can produce significant positive changes in efficacy beliefs. However, the extent to which the belief changes are durable, or maintained over time, is yet to be established. The purpose of…
Descriptors: Methods Courses, Self Efficacy, Preservice Teachers, Science Instruction
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Nelson, Michele M.; Davis, Elizabeth A. – International Journal of Science Education, 2012
Part of the work of teaching elementary science involves evaluating elementary students' work. Depending on the nature of the student work, this task can be straightforward. However, evaluating elementary students' representations of their science learning in the form of scientific models can pose significant challenges for elementary teachers. To…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Elementary School Teachers, Elementary School Science, Pedagogical Content Knowledge
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Ogan-Bekiroglu, Feral – International Journal of Science Education, 2009
The purpose of this study was to determine pre-service physics teachers' attitudes towards assessment. It was also aimed to examine the factors affecting their attitudes. Two factors were considered. The first was difficulties that pre-service teachers experienced relating to assessment. The second factor was teachers' self-efficacy regarding…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Constructivism (Learning), Self Efficacy, Physics
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van Aalderen-Smeets, Sandra I.; Walma van der Molen, Juliette H.; van Hest, Erna G. W. C. M.; Poortman, Cindy – International Journal of Science Education, 2017
This study used an experimental, pretest-posttest control group design to investigate whether participation in a large-scale inquiry project would improve primary teachers' attitudes towards teaching science and towards conducting inquiry. The inquiry project positively affected several elements of teachers' attitudes. Teachers felt less anxious…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Inquiry, Pretests Posttests, Teacher Attitudes
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Maeng, Jennifer L.; Whitworth, Brooke A.; Gonczi, Amanda L.; Navy, Shannon L.; Wheeler, Lindsay B. – International Journal of Science Education, 2017
This randomised controlled trial used a mixed-methods approach to investigate the frequency and how elementary teachers integrated engineering design (ED) principles into their science instruction following professional development (PD). The ED components of the PD were aligned with Cunningham and Carlsen's [(2014). "Teaching engineering…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Engineering, Design
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